If you saw the Metro Exodus reveal at E3 2017 and it didn’t make your Geiger counter chirp in your pocket, you have no soul and we can’t be friends. It looked so tasty I just wanted to slip into a hazmat suit and cuddle it. But that radioactive romance is going to have to wait, because publisher Deep Silver has announced that the sequel to Metro Last Light has been pushed into 2019.

“The development of Metro Exodus is progressing well; we are all really excited by what we are seeing,” said the publisher, according to a PC Gamer report. “We have been constantly reviewing the games progress to ensure that we deliver a product that gamers and fans of the Metro series want and deserve, as well as keeping an eye on announcements from our competitor products. We want everyone to be able to experience what is the most ambitious Metro game to date at its absolute best and therefore we have taken the decision to move the release date to Q1 2019.”

On the plus side, Deep Silver did confirm that Metro Exodus will be making an appearance at E3 again this year, showing off brand new gameplay and a previously unseen game environment. I’d put money on it featuring a train, some snow, and mutant death-hyenas.

Metro Exodus is clearly a massive project with a lot of potential, and there’s no point hurrying it out before it’s ready, so maybe a bit of a delay isn’t the worst idea. Plus, this gives me time to finish the first two games in the series, and you should too – they’re often on sale for around the price of a garage pie and a box of Astros.